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Then underneath its foliage recline,

And fill it with such salutary charms,
Pull out his scrip, and with contentment Old age but strengthens what reflection

Her wealthy yeomen, an industrious race! “Oh, sweet Simplicity! thou gen'rous
For centries past, the heir-looms of the

maid !

[rural shade; place :

That deck'st with matchless charms the
And husbandmen so wedded to their soil, Thine is the gift to live and laugh with
Who ne'er have chang'd their village or
their toil;

[abound, And, like thy Parent Nature, ever please.” Rough children on their humble hearths Old Bob Partridge, who acts asguide, And ripe old age with healthful wrinkles as boots, postilion, and boatman, at crown'd.

Windermere, is a character worthy “The Thames, majestic ! Aowing by her of being transmitted to posterity with side,

[glide : fame, -perhaps not with so much as Where num'rous swans in stately freedom his namesake the Almanack-naker Midst ‘patience in a punt,' and barges but with this difference, John's imgay,

[play; mortality was per force-Robin's at Move when they move, or in meanders

his own naked desire. The willow'd Aytes* their annual nests

(We shall take an early opportunity of rem contain,


suming this agreeable RAMBLE.) Where undisturb'd the mother-birds reThe little Mole, which lingers through her 2. A Trip to Coatham, a Watering Place fields,

in the Norlh Extremity of Yorkshire. To many mills proverbial plenty yields; By W. Hutton, F.A.SS. 8vo. pp. 317; So grieves to leave them, she forsakes her Longman and Co. bed,

[head t. THIS worthy Veteran intimates And in the Monarch's bosom hides her that “perhaps this may be the last “ And when gay Clifton passes in re

time he shall appear before the world view,

as an Author.” We hope not; and, With features rich as ever Nature drew; the ground of our hope is, that we Say, why should we our little Mole pre- discover the same 'lively, intelligent, fer?

and cheerful powers in this work, It is th' unfetter'd quiet reigning there; which have so often amused us in And something more, which grooving in Mr. Huiton's more juvenile volumes the mind,

-if that phrase can be properly apIn home occurrences we always find. The robins, blackbirds, and the very poor thor at the age of fifty-six, and now,

plied to one who began to be an au. That glean'd (when times were hard) around the door ;

[Thy soup;

at the age of eighty-five, has given The pans and pitchers smoaking with so striking a proof of undecayed fa. The grateful faces of the half-starv'd culties, and undiminished curiosity group.

and information. To see the urchins on the steps await, The Trip to Coatham, which our And run and struggle who should ope the Author has twice performed, appears gate ;

to have been suggested by his daughWhile ev'ry tiny being held a bar, ter, whose health, as well as his own, Eager the .copper'd wealth, or smiles, to rendered something of the kind neshare,


cessary; and he wriies “because, beFlinging their naked heads to wish food ing, pleased with what he saw, he And whisp'ring ev'ry answer with delight; wished it might please others," which Then run a field a head to meet again,

we have little doubt will be the case Another nodding blessing to obtain : Such, and the like, still clinging to the with all who prefer a simple, neatlyheart,

[part; varied, and lively narrative, to those Can never-never--from my mind de- more prolix and studied details, in this material concern; and which, from some occasions that came under our notice (besides old Hill's) we had reason to deplore. A resident Pastor should, on the seventh day, be in every village in the kingdom ; but, alas ! such is not always the fashion; and secession from the Established Church is the frequent and melancholy consequence; besides the many points held out in a moral sense, and which are ignorantly broken, by being habitually accustomed to make a day of rest-a day to idle about and do as they please.”

* “ Aytes are small islands formed from sand-banks.”

t" The Mole rises in Surrey, and, after running two miles underground, most fan. tastically winds and figures about, never quitting the County, and enters the Thames just below Hampton Court Bridge.” I Robin's Epitaph has been already printed, in our vol. LXXVIII. p. 1056. Edit.


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which we discover more of the li- ing-place, produces the following re-
brary than the post-chaise--more of flections, which may, perhaps, be
the author than the traveller, and applicable to other places of the kind :
more, perhaps, of the compiler than
of either.

“ There are pleasures and luxuries at Some parts of our Author's route, has money to spend, and time to spend it,

Harrowgate, well suited to the man who having been described in his “ Tour

Health and Disease, having long contended to Scarborough," (published in 1803,

for the pre-eminence in this beautiful valand now out of print, from that un- ley, at length came to this agreement : fortunate event in the house of our that Health, assisted by the waters and Printer to which we have had so often exercise, should govern in the morning i occasion to advert,) are omitted in and that Disease, assisted by the savoury the present volume, which contains dish, the bowl, and the bottle, should the descriptive scenery, and remarks preside in the evening; that, like Peneon such objects and places as were

lope's web, whatever was done in the day new to him. These begin with Al

should be undone in the night.” freton, Barnsley, and Wakefield ; the Of Ripley, Mr. Hutton remarks, latter enlivened by a description of what, we believe, can be said of very the battle of Wakefield, between Ri- few towns, that, “If an old inhabitchard Duke of York and Margaret ant could rise from the dead, he of Anjou. This battle our Author would find every thing the same as describes, with the accuracy of the when he left it, except the buildings Historian and the acuteness of the grown older, and the inhabitants Antiquiry:-From this we proceed changed.” through Hounslet to Leeds. The Ripon affords more extensive in. value of land at this place will form formation ; and the Author enters an interesting extract:

somewhat at large into its antient his“The prosperity of a place may, in tory, selecting, as became a traveller, some measure, be ascertained by the va

those parts that are most engaging to lue of land in its vicinity. A gentleman

modern readers. who resides at Hounslet, the village ad

At Northallerton he finds what joining to Leeds, told us that he had, at many a traveller and enquirer has various times, purchased twenty-two acres found before him ; of land, pow in a ring fence, which, npon

“This town, two hundred years ago, the average, cost him three hundred pounds

was the residence of my family. My per acre.

Upon the back part of this land he had erected his house, works, &c.

grandfather's grandfather was a native, He had no doubt, were he inclined, but ing the place with hats.- I enquired after

and enjoyed the capital honour of furnish, he could dispose of the front land at a

my relations, but found the name was exa thousand pounds an acre. tleman told us he had erected a steam, engine, and extensive machinery for scrib

Busby Hall affords a story of too

much interest to require any apology bling, shearing, dying, &e.. upon a lease for the short space of twenty-one years.

for aciding it to our pages: A third gentleman remarked to us that

“In our way from Northallerton to he had recently agreed for the purchase Stokesley, we pass by Busby Hall, where of a small piece of land, at a most extra

resided a widow lady, named Turner, who yagant price; he did not say what. But,

held the estate, which is large, in her own as he could not make one bargain without right. She had one daughter, whom she making two, he applied to the Lord of the

tortured for her amusement; instead of Manor for permission to use a small

kindness she bestowed pinches, and inbrook which ran by the side of the in

štead of smiles pricked her with píns.-tended purchase, and of which the Lord

The father of the present Sir l'homas Gasmade no use. That he had offered a thou- coigne, and several other Baronets, would sand pounds, which the Lord was then in

have offered her their hands; but the doubt whether he should accept. Water mother would not suffer it, for this cogent seems as dear as land.”

reason, that the daughter would have been From Leeds he proceeds to Hed.

a Lady, and she herself only Mistress Tur. dingley'. :nd Harewood, where he in

ner.—The young lady afterwards placed troduces the well-known episode of

her affections upon a Dutch officer, of the

name of Straubenzie, and married him Edgar and Elfrida, told with all the (perhaps this occurred in the year 1745, vivacily of youth. On this subject when the Dutch came over). The old lady our Author wrote a poem in 1793.

was now so exasperated that she would Harrowgate, that celebrated water- not see her daughter, forgetting that the


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daughter did not degrade herself to his our present case she proved the greatest rank, but elevated her to her own. The

She knew her power, and resolved mother, however, cond to be reconciled. to shew it; because she possessed it. She This union produced the sons. The pro- grasped the farai bolt, and aimed destrucspect before the tarnis w. poverty; not tion at lier daughter with full effect. A a ray of comfort could be on. The mo- father has been known to wrong bis chilther had completely lampes the arts of dren, by melting down a fortune in the reproof and of punishment, but had never bottle, or by dashing it to pieces upon a learnt that of fory:veness. No doubt, gaming-table, yet seldom out of revenge ; peace was as much a strarger to her still seldomer a mother. Had the old mind, as to her danghter's. The wind lady heen able to reason, she might fairly cannot make a rough sea without being have concluded, that the persons to whom rough itself.--By the interposition of some she gave the estate would despise her for friends the children were introduced to her gift.” their grandmother, who took them into From Stokesley we arrive at Coat favour, consented to keep hem, and leave ham, our Author's destination; and, them the estate, on one triting condition; consequently described with more mithat the children should swear never to

nuteness than any other part of the see their mother, and she should swear

Trip-It appears a very eligible spot never to see them. This the children

for invalids; but, lest such should be could not do, aud the other would not. The refusal of the daughter ought to bave

doubtful of its containing the due pleaded her forgiveness, as it displayed proportion of pleasure which all wathe laudable tenderness of pareutal affec- tering-places must hold forth, we tion; but what can soften a rock ?-— The shall transcribe what Mr. Hutton says old wounan, however, suffered the two of its boys to remain with her, and without

" AMUSEMENTS. goading or tweaking them, till maternal “ These are yet in a confined state ; fondness induced their mother, one Sun- but will advance as the credit of the place day morning, to steal a peep, out of a advances. The billiard-table has not window in Stokesley, to see her sons going made its appearance; the tennis-court is to church; which dreadful crime coming not erected; the skittle-alley and the butts to the knowledge of the old lady, she dis- are not begun; nor has the bowling-green carded them for ever. She then offered shewed its face. Quoits are in tune; but the reversidn of her estate to a gentleman, this is rather a butcher's game, although who replied, 'If you leave it to me, I an healthful one. The visitants are amused will give it to Mr. Straubenzie.' Thus he at present with the sands and the sea in honourably cut himself off. She then of the day, and with cards at night. There fered it to several others, wbo declined it is, however, what I should never expect with thanks. She then advertised it, not to find, a little modern Circulating Lifor sale, but for gist. At length a gentle- brary, for those who are inclined to letman, whose name I have forgotten, ac- ters. I must also add, that the roads are cepted the offer upon her own terms. This remarkably fine, and well suited to the gentleman, I am informed, bad five or foot, the horse, or the carriage, and both six brothers; and for fear the property for a long or a short distance, for either should, in future, revert to her own fa- meadow or romantic views.--I remarked mily, she entailed the estate upon every and censured in my History of Blackpool, one of them and their heirs, according to if I remember right (for I never was mas. priority. Anxiety shortened the days of ter of a copy), a species of contemptible the daughter, and the heir-at-law keeps pride exhibited by one house towards anothe House of Correction at Wakefield. I ther. There were five principal boardingapprehend a parallel case cannot be found houses. The people of every one shunned in the history of man; for the female and despised those of the other four. I breast is ever open to pity towards its off- am pleased that I have no room to bring spring. We read of harsh fathers ; but this accusation against the visitants of where can be found such a mother? I Redcar and Coatham. There can be no have not the pleasure of knowing any of reason to despise any class of people, who the unfortunate descendants of this un- live without offence to society. Is not the worthy mother, but am told they bear a tenant who sows the ground as good a most respectable character. Pity will man as the landlord, who feeds upon the find, and weep over this ill-treated fa- crop? Can we subsist without those demily. It will create friends in their fa- graded characters the nightınan and the

There is reason to conclude, the chimney-sweeper? Nay, some have asyoung lady had not one enemy, except serted, that he who cleans is a better that mother who ought to have been her man than he who dirties; hence, the man firmest friend. A mother is generally the who cleans my shoes is preferable to me greatest blessing to a daughter ; but in who daub them. I remember too, at


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Blackpool, the Easterly winds blew the concluding he kept all his words for Supsmoke of the village upon the boarding- day. At dinner, he sat at my right el. house. I had a dear afflicted wife, who bow, when, for the first time, he gave a continued there several months, and found specimen of his eloquence: Waiter,' the virtues of the sea counteracted by the 'Sir, "Take this wine! What stuff! smoke of the land. This cannot be the Change it ;' which was done without a case here, for the elevated bank upon word of reply. It appeared the company which stand Coathain and Redcar, will drank the same without a complaints prevent annoyance from its smoke ; for, Why he came, nnd when he went, none let the wind blow from what point it may, of the company knew. I am doubtful of the meadows on one side, or the sea on entering upon a female character; for the other, will clear away the refuse of Pope says, “Women have no character at the chimney."

all. I shall, however, ventare upon one, The CHARACTERS Our Author met

an elderly widow lady, with an estate of

seven hundred a year. She was a most with are depicted with bumour:

auniable person, and, I could gather, was “The developement of the human cha- respected by all who knew her, and those racter is infinite ; and a man who has no. were not a few; many a man would be thing else to do, has time to unfold it. glad to venture upon such a prize. Her One of our company was a rich banker, a knowledge was so extensive, that scarcely lively companion, though seventy; would a family could be named, within forty draw up his breeches, stroke down his miles of her residence, of whom she was waistcoat, and shuffing bis feet along the ignorant. She often set disputants right door, in the style of a beau, march up in domestic history; and I must here rewith a smile, and say pretty things to the tum her my thanks for some part of this ladies. He possessed as much good-na- work. She chose a certain corner of the ture as vivacity.----Another, having a for- room, and no soul attempted to infringe tune left him of fifty thousand pounds, her right. She was rather of a silent rejoiced in black : this is often the inost turn, but was easily brought into a laugh acceptable colour in the Mercer's shop.-- with the joke, which might be kept up by A third was of a shrewd philosophical thie hoar. Whenever she uttered a senturn; thought much, said little, but said

tence, she did not choose to part with it, it well. The next was a gentleman, bis till it had gone through three editions. I lady, and amiable daughter. They ex- asked her, in private, whether the lively hibited a complete, but rare, picture of sallies of the company were too severe, conjugal love and domestic happiness. for we should be sorry to give the least of The lady took daily walks or, rides upon fence. She assured me with a smile, they the sands; her husband always, and seem- were not at all disagreeable ; she was peringly from love, attended. He found that fectly satisfied, and rejoiced to contribute happiness at home, which other's look for to the entertainment of the company, abroad, and are disappointed. Her re- This did not slacken the progress of mirth, turns of affection, I am persuaded, were --Nothing in a man's life tends more to to his wish, although they had been inar- health and longevity than peace of mind; ried more than twenty years. We con- it is the index to old age. When the temtracted a friendship with this worthy per is ruffed, the whole system is diserfamily -- Another was a young Attorney, dered. Whatever preys upon the spirits, full of spirit and activity, and of a ge- preys upon the body, and repeated at nerous turn. He spoke much, and to the tacks bring down the man. When the purpose ; was handsome; and, being the sea is boisterous, there is danger. Evils principal young man amongst us, it is hard will arise, which, like waves, a man canto say what became of the ladies hearts, not withstand ; but there are others, which for we abounded with female beauty. . He he may, and more, which prudence may treated us with many humourous songs. avoid. I was acquainted with a couple The last gentleinan I shall enumerate was who had resided in one house more than a Clergyman, about thirty. I accosted twenty years; the landlord turned them him, at his first entrance, with a slight out; though it was one of the most dis, civility, to obviate that timidity which agreeable houses in Birmingham, and in naturally attends a man, when he first which they had lost a fortune, and were enters a room among strangers. He made reduced to poverty, yet to part with this no return. I watched an opening to be- old house broke the wife's heart, nor did gin a conversation with him; but the only the husband survive her many days. word I could extract from him was No. This, though only an imaginary evil, was He spoke to none, nobody spoke to him. attended with fatal effects : but they I saw him rearing against a window, and, ought to have reasoned upon their case; willing to win him, I made another at- then they would have found it a thing of tempt; but could procure no other reply, little moment. When a man who is acthan the same dissonant No. I desisted, customed to associate and converse with man, is deprived of that blessing, being ill-treated at another house, came to ours, reduced to a state of solitude, he natu- and brought with them a treasure.--Anorally applies to the brute creation for ther was a widow lady and her amiable amusement. This was my case during daughter. I had found a curious seaeleven or twelve days after my arrival in shell. The lady asked, with a small de. 1809 at Coatham, before company ap- gree of emotion, "Where I found it proached. I attended, from the windows • Where, Madam, there are no more; of the dining-room, to the domestic eco- please to accept this, and keep it for my nomy of a sow and her offspring, and was sake,' 'I will. • Perhaps, Madam, this pleased with their regular deportment. I may not be the last time of your prowas also attentive to two flocks of geese, nouncing the words I will." quartered upon the same greea. A rival- Having been so liberal in our exship existed between them. They chat- tracts from this amusing Trip, we tered in anger, which answered to our can only recommend to our readers, gazetted declaration of war, stretched out


as of equal interest and curiosity, the their necks, thundering vengeance, and

account of Mrs. Margaret Wharton, bespattering each other with foul lan the Peg Pennyworth of Foote, and guage; at length the heroes of both sides fought, drew off, and both, like the Eng. the detail of the battle of Marston lish and French, erected their heads, Moor, which the Historian will not cackled in triumph, and Alapped their think unworthy of his attention. We wings in token of victory.

might, perhaps, have pointed out In this second visit to Coatham, I shall other passages, but it may suífice to hold up the glass, and exhibit a few charac. conclude with the general praise that ters.-One was a person who had the reso

the volume will form a most useful lute prudence to retire from a business by companion to persons travelling on which ke was enabled to amass one hundred' the same road, and must be consithousand pounds in thirteen years; an dered by all as a very extraordinary example not often followed. He acted

production from one of Mr. Hutton's the part of the gentleman, without assuming airs. —Another was a Clergyman, embellished with a portrait of the

very advanced age. - The work is whose name was Vaughan. His appearance was inviting ; he was well informed, Author, a map of Cleveland, and open, and intelligent. As I was given to three topographical engravings'illusunderstand his stay would be some time, trative of objects of antiquity. I silently enlisted him among my friends, fed upon my future entertainment, and 3. The Works of the Rev. Thomas Towntook an hour's walk. Upon enquiry for son, D. D. late Archdeacon of Richmy intended friend, I found, to my re- mond; one of the Rectors of Malpas, gret, he was gone ; and the prize had Cheshire, and sometime Fellow of St. slipped through my fingers.--I had often Mary Magdalen, Oxford. In Tivo Voread, in the London Papers, of Worthy lumes. To which is prefixell, An AcAldermer.' Whether the word perfectly count of the Author, with an Introducfitted, may admit a doubt; but I am tion to the Discourses on the Gospels, and bringing upon the stage a worthy Alder- a Sermon on the Quotations in the old man of York, whom it will completely fit; Testament, By Ralph Churton, M. A. also his brother and two sons, who claim Archdeacor of St. David's, Rector of

equal share of merit. Prom this quad- Middleton Cheney, Northamptonshire, ruple alliance I enjoyed many happy

and late Hellow of Brasen Nose College, hours. A lady sat at the head of the ta- Oxford ;'' 800. pp. 849. Rivingtons, and ble, the wife of a Physician. Her nán- Payne. ners were polite, engaging, and sat as It is with much satisfaction we reo easy upon her as ten thousand pounds did

new our acquaintance with Mr Archupon her husband.—On her left, and op: deacon Churton, as an Editor and posite to me, sat three sisters, who treated Biographer; and the learned and reme with six bright and black eyes, all ligious world will be no less pleased cast in the same mould.We had also

to find that his useful labours have two sisters, orphans, most agreeable and been directed to the publication of accomplished ladies, and of a sweet tem

the works of such a writer as Dr. 'per. III betide the mau who should attempt to steal the hearts of these lovely Townsou. These are now collected sprigs of human beauty, without a return!

with care and accuracy, and illus They were under the protection of a sen

trated by plates, an original portrait, sible lady. Should this sportive page

and such other documents as may come under their eye, they will accept convey the character of this valuable my thanks for leading by the hand an Author with credit to the latest posold man nearly blind. They had been terity.

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